There have been hundreds of Startup Weekends around the world in 2011 alone. By the end of the year, Seattle will have hosted several, including the Startup Weekend Seattle EDU which starts this weekend. The 54 hour event brings together software developers, graphic designers and business people to build education focused applications. What better way to give these new startups a leg up than to encourage them to build on top of one or more of the 40 education APIs in the directory?
To pepare for the event I wanted to put together a short list of education related APIs:
BrainHoney – A learning management system providing course authoring, learning objective management, and gradebook management.
Curriculum U API – Lets you search learning content and school levels and returns K-12 content standards.
DonorsChoose – Providing access to data about what people to donate directly to specific projects at public schools.
GreatSchools API - Profiles, ratings, and parent reviews of more than 90,000 public and 30,000 private schools.
Haiku Learning System – Learning management system providing website design and development, listserve hosting, assignment dropboxes, and more for teachers to take classrooms online.
Howcast – Database of how-to videos and wiki guides for integration into web and mobile applications.
LItmos – Litmos is a SCORM-certified, learning management system, that enables developers to connect their applications to the Litmos training engine, providing deeper integration of training data generated in Litmos with any other systems.
Mendeley – Free reference manager and academic social network for organizing research papers and collaborating with others online.
OCW Search – OCW Search is a search engine providing access to the best free university courses published under the OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative, as described on the OpenCourseWare Consortium website.
Quizlet Flashcards – Searching and downloading of database of 30 million flashcards covering every possible subject.
Scopus – Access to the largest database of peer-reviewed documents, with access to author, affiliations, and citations.
TeachStreet – Selection of local and online classes, lessons and workshops in more than 500 subject areas.
There are 40 education APIs in the directory, these are just a handful of them. Hopefully it can give developers an idea what kind of content and resources are available to build education apps.
Startup Weekend Seattle EDU starts 5:00 PM on Friday 9/30 with a registration dinner and networking, and concludes Sunday 10/2 with judging, awards and a wrap-up ceremony, at PACCAR Hall on the University of Washington campus.